Banbridge Rotary Club awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship, the highest award which Rotary can give, to local man Brian Campbell in December.
Brian, the manager of Eurospar on the Scarva Road, was recognised for his assistance to the club during their charity fundraising throughout the years.
The Paul Harris Award is named in memory of the founder of Rotary International. Rotary was founded in Chicago in 1906.
Rotarians worldwide strive to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.
In a tribute to one who shares these principles, The Rotary Club of Banbridge decided recently to grant a Paul Harris Award to the local business man who was assisted the local club over many years.
The Rotary Club has a long record of fundraising for local, national and international charities in Banbridge and depends on the goodwill and generosity of people in this area.
A Rotary Club of Banbridge spokesperson said, “As we all know there are increasing demands on all charities and so organisations need to plan carefully how and when to approach the public for support.
“The Banbridge Club has been conscious that there are regular street collections in the town and have sought other venues to hold collections.
“About eight years ago Rotary approached the management of Centra Supermarket, now named Eurospar, here in Banbridge seeking approval to hold charity collections on their premises once or twice a year.
“Not only was permission granted, but our Rotary members were welcomed and assisted by the staff of Eurospar on every occasion.
“The customers of that supermarket have got to know us over the years and contribute generously to our charity collections.
“All of this would not have been possible without the active cooperation and assistance of the owner and directors of Eurospar and in particular Mr Brian Campbell.
“Rotary International wishes to recognise the magnificent contribution to our charity collections by Brian Campbell.”
At their annual Christmas dinner in December, in the Belmont Hotel, the President of the Banbridge Club, Gerry McElvogue, presented Brian with a Paul Harris award.
This is the highest award which Rotary can make to individuals.